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Varsity boys' basketball completes first day of Far East Tournament

The varsity boys' basketball team began its Far East Tournament in Okinawa on Monday with a tight game against M.C. Perry. Ultimately, the Knights lost 45-44 after staying neck and neck with the Samurai all game long.

Kyle led the way for the Knights with 16 points, and Josh contributed nine. M.C. Perry played behind CAJ's post players when the Knights were on offense, which allowed easy entry passes and several close baskets for the Knights.

Coach Steve Hall was happy with the defensive effort, mentioning the Knights' ability to limit easy shots in transition. CAJ's free-throw misses were a problem, however.

"When you lose by one point and make only 12 out of 21 free throws, that’s something you look back on as a key factor," Hall said.

It wasn't just the free throws that weren't falling. Kyle said he didn't remember the team making a single three-point shot.

"None of our outside shots were falling, and we were all missing short," Kyle said. "If we had made even a few of those shots, which would still be a bad percentage, we probably would have won the game."

The Knights will play for ninth place in the Division II tournament on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. against Edgren. CAJ's overall season record is now 7-14.
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